Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport serves as both a port of entry for visitors and a vital transportation resource for local residents and companies. To adequately reflect New Orleans and service its growing population and business climate, a new, modern airport is currently under construction, and will open in the fall of 2019.

Increased tourism and a growing population traveling for both business and pleasure have placed a premium on air travel to and from Southeast Louisiana. As a result, in 2014, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport was named the fastest-growing airport in the country. These benchmarks were earned with a renovated but aging facility.

Construction is now underway for a new, Cesar Pelli-designed terminal on the north side of the current runways. The new terminal will open in the fall of 2019.

The airport makeover will create two connected concourses that allow for easier transfers among the airport’s 36 gates. Gates will be accessed through a single security point, which can expand and contract as traffic dictates, while restaurants, and other concessions will be more efficiently arranged for easy and enjoyable travel into and out of the city.

Remaking the airport will bolster economic development for the Baton Rouge-New Orleans corridor by increasing access to our market and allowing for more carriers, tourists, and business travelers to come to New Orleans. As the region is able to attract and accommodate more international flights, it will also be able to welcome companies and travelers conducting international business, further connecting New Orleans to global markets and expanding the region’s economic potential.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is now offering a record number of nonstop flights, with recently expanded domestic offerings and access to South and Central America on Copa Airlines. Nonstop service to London on British Airways and seasonal nonstop service to Frankfurt on Condor Airlines began in Spring 2017.

Business and political leadership across the Greater New Orleans region continues to heavily court additional flights to Europe and beyond. Continued growth of companies with international ties, recent expansion from foreign companies, and the arrival of large events with international audiences, make a strong case for these conversations.